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Strikingly Review

The best way to create one page websites.

My work is supported by affiliate commissions (more info). By Steve Benjamins Updated Aug 3 2017

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Review Updates

  • Mar 14 2016 New review published.
  • Oct 26 2016 Review checked for accuracy and updated.
  • Aug 3 2017 Review checked for accuracy and updated.

User Experience

Strikingly is for building one page websites. One page websites have become popular in the last couple years. These websites typically have clear, simple information sections and large photos.

Right: One page websites are usually long websites that reveal more sections as you scroll.

Most website builders aren’t well-suited to create one page websites. Some, like Wix, allow you to build one-page websites but it’s confusing. But since Strikingly exclusively builds one-page websites, they have the best interface for building one-page websites— by far.

Website Editor

Right: Website Editor

You build your website by adding sections. Sections are large content blocks that break the page up. Building sections is easy and intuitive. You’ll get the hang of it quickly. Here’s an example “Hero” section:

"Hero" section

Right: "Hero" section

One odd thing I noticed was that each theme had its own individual set of sections. For example some themes had the option for a feature listing section while others didn’t. Some themes included options for a project listings section while others didn’t. And there wasn’t any way to know which sections would be included in which theme, so I had to guess to figure it out (which can be painful, because switching themes causes you to reset your entire website).

Section selection differs between themes.

Right: Section selection differs between themes.

Some of the sections can end up feeling a bit cookie cutter. Even the Make Your Own section (which allows you some freedom to design a section) requires you to have both a title and subtitle— and there’s no way to add any columns to the layout.

The Make Your Own section.

Right: The Make Your Own section.

Over all Strikingly is your best option if you’d like to build a one page website. It’s uniquely suited for that and will work well.

Website Editor

Right: Website Editor

Features

  • Blog

    You can add a blog section that lists posts and links to individual pages. The style of the individual pages is not tied into your template— instead the individual blog posts have their a separate style that doesn't necessarily tie into your template. It's not a conventional way to organize a blog— so that might bother some users. Most of the necessary features are included: you can add comments to your blog, integrate with Disqus, create drafts etc. (Though you can’t set posts to publish on a future date.)  Show Screenshot

  • Ecommerce

    Simple ecommerce— you can set product variations, categories, set shipping options and create coupon codes. There is no digital products or tax system. You can't checkout with multiple items, but because Strikingly is for one-page websites, it's not like you're going to be hosting a large catalogue. You can preview the email notifications your customers receive but you can’t customize them in any way.  Show Screenshot

  • Form Builder

    There is a contact form you can drop into your website but it doesn’t allow you to add new fields— you can simply choose from Name, Email, Phone and Message. Submissions are sent to your email address and also saved within Strikingly so you can always access it later.  

  • iOS & Android Apps

    Excellent, fully functional iOS and Android apps let you edit your website, manage ecommerce orders, view analytics and more.  

  • Retina Ready

    You can upload images that display sharp and crisp on retina devices (such as iPhones and Macbooks) but some of images Strikingly provides do not (example: a "Download on the App Store" button).  

  • Newsletter

    There is a newsletter signup form but it doesn’t integrate with any mailing list providers (such as Mailchimp). Instead it just sends the form results to your email address (which will make for painful data entry). There is a Mailchimp widget in the app store— but it's essentially just a textbox to copy and paste your Mailchimp form (so no stylistic integration with the theme). Show Screenshot

  • Membership System

    No.  

  • Design from Scratch

    No.  

  • Multi-lingual

    No.  

  • Restaurant Menu

    No.  

  • Donations

    No.  

  • Audio Player

    No.  

  • Podcasts

    No.  

Themes

Strikingly offers 25 themes to choose from— up from 13 a year ago, which is good to see. Themes are contemporary and skew towards startups and freelancers.

Theme Example

Right: Theme Example

I really like the concept of one page websites. They make a great fit if you are disciplined about what goes on the website. Here’s another example theme:

Theme Example

Right: Theme Example

There is serious lack of theme customization. You can only set one custom color for the website (if you upgrade to Pro) but you can’t customize font colors, font sizes, border colors, background images etc.

There is a serious lack of theme customization.

Right: There is a serious lack of theme customization.

All themes are responsive and seemed to work well on mobile devices— although I had trouble getting my logo to display right on mobile.

Mobile

Right: Mobile

Good Billing Practices


I was able to buy and cancel Strikingly with ease.


Written By Steve Benjamins

I founded Site Builder Report in 2012 to help people find the best website builder. My work is supported by earning an affiliate commission when readers choose a website builder based on my reviews.

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Last update: Aug 3 2017

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